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GIS Services


GIS services are for DSHS employees

To request the preparation of a map, complete the following form: 

Map Request form

To request geocoding, complete the following form: 

Geocoding Request form


Geocoding is the process by which non-spatial data (address files) are linked to geographic coordinates and converted to map data (points on a map showing address locations).  With geographic coordinates the features can be entered into Geographic Information Systems for mapping and/or analysis.


More about geocoding

Guidelines for geocoding


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Once your data has been Geocoded it is now possible to represent it spatially, better known as mapping it! Mapping your data is a great way to generate interest in your subject. A map makes it easy for your audience to get a better idea of what and where things are happening. A map can help you discover geographic trends that may be crucial for getting a better understanding your data.  


More about mapping




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Using GIS for analysis, you can find out why things are where they are and how things are related. You can get more accurate and up-to-date information, and even create new information that was unavailable before. Having this information can help you gain a deeper understanding of a place, make the best choices, or prepare for future events and conditions. Geographic analysis tasks may involve:

  •    mapping where things are
  •    mapping the most and least
  •    mapping density
  •    finding what's inside
  •    finding what's nearby
  •    mapping change



More about analysis

source: Andy Mitchell, The ESRI Guide to GIS Analysis, Volume 1: Geographic Patterns and Relationship, (Redlands: ESRI Press, 1999) 10.



Last updated May 9, 2017